Military Discharge

Access to Military Discharge Documents

Military SealsAccess to Military Discharge documents is now limited as of October 1, 2002 due to military ID theft. These documents are required to be kept confidential for 75 years after the date they are filed, separate and apart from other records.

  • Access to these records is available only to the following people and groups:
  • Veteran subject of the record or the conservator of their estate or person
  • People who need the information to provide a benefit, if they submit satisfactory evidence of the need to the agency
  • People who acquire a benefit on behalf of the veteran or their estate
  • State librarian in the performance of his duties
  • State incorporated or authorized genealogical society of its members
  • Individuals as provided by law

The Military Discharge papers must be filed with this office as a resident of the Town of Hamden before any determination of benefits can be made by the Assessor’s office. For access to such records, view the Military Discharge Access Form (PDF). There is no charge to file or for a copy of a filed military discharge. Original DD214s and certified copies of DD214s will be accepted as proof of prior service in the military.

Dates of Entitlement

Veterans who served in the military during a time of war, and own property or cars in the Town of Hamden must file their military discharges with the Town Clerk's office in order to receive tax exemptions. The Assessor’s office will make the final determination of the veteran’s benefits available.

Times of War

The following dates are determined to be time of war by SEC. 27-103:

WarTerm of War
Spanish-American WarApril 21, 1898 to August 13, 1898
Philippine InsurrectionAugust 13, 1898 to July 4, 1902
Moro Province EngagementAugust 13, 1898 to July 15, 1903
Boxer RebellionJune 20, 1900 to May 12, 1901
Cuban PacificationSeptember 12, 1906 to April 1, 1909
Nicaraguan CampaignAugust 28, 1912 to November 2, 1913
Haitian CampaignJuly 9, 1915 to December 6, 1915
Punitive Expedition to MexicoMarch 10, 1916 to April 6, 1917
World War IApril 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
Service in RussiaApril 6, 1917 to April 1, 1920
World War IIDecember 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
Korean HostilitiesJune 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
South Korea Demilitarized ZoneAfter February 1, 1955
Lebanon ConflictJuly 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958
Vietnam EraFebruary 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975
Berlin AirliftAugust 14, 1961 to June 1, 1962
Lebanon Peace-Keeping MissionSeptember 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984
Invasion of GrenadaOctober 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983 2
Operation Earnest WillFebruary 1, 1987 to July 23, 1987
Invasion of PanamaDecember 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 2
Operation Desert Shield/Desert StormAugust 2, 1990 to June 30, 1994 3
SomaliaAfter December 2, 1992
BosniaAfter December 20,1995

  1. Pursuant to Section 12-86, twelve o'clock midnight on December 31, 1947 is the World War II termination date for purposes of granting a property tax exemption.
  2. A person must serve in a combat or combat support role for the duration of any campaign lasting less than 90 days in order to qualify for a property tax exemption. An Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to such individuals.
  3. Active duty service personnel first became eligible for an exemption based on service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, while that campaign was ongoing. Individuals who received an exemption based on receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm continue to be eligible even though they do not meet the 90-day service requirement.

Duplicate Copies

Duplicate copies of DD214s can be obtained by requesting and completing a Standard Form 180 (SF 180), Request Pertaining to Military Records, to:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

The form may obtained by calling 800-827-1000.

Contact Us

For further assistance with regard to veteran exemptions and specific requirements for additional benefits, please call the Assessor's office at 203-287-2520.